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2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Wagon Crossover

4MATIC 4dr 3.5L

Starting at | Starting at 15 MPG City - 19 MPG Highway

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  • $47,650 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Wagon Crossover

The R-Class is unique among sport-utility vehicles. It features a tremendous amount of interior space in this class--and it's one of the few vehicles with a third row that can accommodate adults in posh comfort. Meanwhile, the new BlueTec model is a new eco-friendlier alternative families, with trailer-pulling torque that's on par with the stronger gasoline V-8s.

What's new for 2009?

A new, diesel-powered R320 BlueTec model joins the R-Class lineup for 2009; the model utilizes clean diesel technology to provide a highway driving range of more than 500 miles as well as impressive trailer-towing capabilities.

Model Strengths

  • Stylish people-mover
  • roomy rear seating
  • comfortable ride
  • strong safety features
  • efficient new BlueTec diesel model

Model Review

The R-Class comes in two models--both powered by V6 engines but very different in personality. The R350 comes with a 268-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine, while the R320 BlueTec model gets a 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 making 210 horsepower. What makes the R320 BlueTec's engine so impressive is that it produces 398 pound-feet of torque--a rating on par with large-displacement gasoline V-8s, and enough to pull a 3500-pound trailer with authority.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Mercedes-Benz R-Class in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's crossover experts researched available road tests on the new Mercedes-Benz R-Class to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

Since the introduction of the R-Class in 2006, Mercedes-Benz has sternly referred to the vehicle as a Sport Tourer SUV. The reasoning behind this description is that the R-Class shares many components with the M-Class SUV, and it's manufactured at the same facility as the M- and GL-Class SUVs. But no matter how you refer to the R-Class, one thing's certain: It is a vehicle that transports its passengers to and fro better than any other in its segment.

Joining the gasoline-powered R350 for 2009 is the new R320 model featuring the German manufacturer's BlueTEC clean diesel engine. The BlueTEC engine, in conjunction with the new AdBlue exhaust treatment system, meets emission standards in all 50 states. The BlueTEC engine also gets a remarkable 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy than its gas-powered counterpart and, with 398 pound-feet of torque, creates enough pulling power that Mercedes made optional a 3,500-pound Class II trailer hitch. The turbocharged 3.0-liter direct-injected diesel produces 215 horsepower, while the 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 kicks up 268 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission with TouchShift capability backs both engines.

The 2009 R320 BlueTEC diesel can run upward of 500 miles on a tank, securely devouring the interstate at impressive rates in virtually any weather. (Should you encounter many inches of snow, the air suspension is capable of lifting the body to provide additional ground clearance.) The R-Class doesn't like to be rushed, though. Its 5,000-pound curb weight and slow steering don't encourage hooliganistic driving.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class roofline, while practical, isn't beautiful. The low, aerodynamic nose is also graceless and too much like lesser minivans, while the Mercedes-Benz grille is forced to fit between large headlight units.

The good news is that when you're behind the wheel or inside, you can't look at the exterior. Inside, the R-Class is supremely comfortable. Full-size seats are arranged in a 2+2+2 fashion. Huge rear doors and simple-to-operate second-row seats allow easy access to the third row. However, because of their length, those rear doors are also difficult to open in crowded parking lots, even in generous spaces.

PRE-SAFE, a safety system that anticipates collisions before they happen, is now a standard feature on R-Class models. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are included, as is stability control. Side-curtain airbags are included and span all three seating rows; a rollover sensor can also deploy the seatbelt tensioners and the curtain airbags if the vehicle senses that a rollover is about to occur.

The 2009 R-Class is, of course, very well equipped for its price. The base rear-wheel-drive R350 is the most affordable R-Class, starting in the low-$40,000 range.

Both 2009 R-Class models receive redesigned instrument clusters with a new-for-2009 COMAND system featuring a large 6.5-inch display screen, a standard in-dash, six-disc CD/DVD changer, and a Bluetooth interface.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is unlike any station wagon, minivan, or SUV currently on the market, and with the new BlueTEC model, it can haul six in supreme comfort at 24 mpg.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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